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September 2012

Start Hoarding Bacon Now, Before It’s Too Late!

Imagine a world without bacon! Sure, this is an election year. Yes, we need to move forward with building better roads, better schools and securing our homeland. But seriously, folks, we are about to have major culinary trauma ahead. According to The Huffington Post and the National Pig Association, Great Britain is facing a bacon […]

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September 2012

Two Dives and a Really Good Bowl of Asian Noodle Soup

If that Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives guy, Guy Fieri, is reading this, then he needs to get back to Sarasota. I had a two-dives-in-one-week experience and it was everything I wanted: Great food, down-home service and that tacky dive environment that just makes you feel at ease.       J.R.’s is the perfect dive for […]

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September 2012

Fondren and Danny’s Siesta Key Engagement Session

We’ve shown you several real Sarasota weddings on this blog so far–scroll down to check them out!–but from time to time, we’ll showcase photos of some especially unique engagement shoots that have caught our eye, too–like Fondren and Danny’s moody Siesta Key session, photographed by Naomi Chokr. The couple, who first met and became friends […]

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September 2012

Their Sarasota Wedding: Keila Ayub and Jim McGee

Keila Ayub and Jim McGee Jacksonville, FL Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens   How did you and Jim meet? We both started working for Crate & Barrel right when it opened in Tampa. We helped open the store together. I guess Jim immediately was drawn to me; we became friends, started dating and it went […]

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September 2012

The Costco and Trader Joe’s Effect

Well, you knew they were coming. Some of you mapped out your first experiences with the new stores according to crowd control, and it seems almost all of us have now “drank the Kool-Aid,” so to speak. While Costco was not as overwhelmingly exciting for me, I did find some pretty good deals–and, yes, Trader […]

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September 2012

Sun Garden Cafe on Siesta Key Makes a “Staycation” All the Tastier

Sun Garden Cafe Over Labor Day weekend we decided there really is no place like home, and that our "somewhere over the rainbow" is right here in Sarasota. So we booked a long weekend stay at Casa De Mariposa on Siesta Key and hunkered into glorious beach living. Sweet potato pancakes Casa de Mariposa is […]

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August 2012

Their Sarasota Wedding: Maggie Mahoney and Dan Miekina

Maggie Mahoney and Dan Miekina’s elegant wedding at Bay Preserve in Osprey. Maggie Mahoney and Dan Miekina Chicago, IL Venue: Bay Preserve How did you and Dan meet? Online! And we got engaged on the anniversary of our first date: September 9, 2011. You both live in Chicago—how did you choose Sarasota for your wedding location? […]

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August 2012

Their Sarasota Wedding: Heather and Billy Davis

Heather and Billy Davis’ wedding took place at Ca d’Zan at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Heather and Billy Davis West Palm Beach, FL Venue: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art How did you meet? We worked together for about three months before we started dating, and were a little […]

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May 2012

Sarasota Weddings: Brides Against Breast Cancer Opens New Boutique

Brides Against Breast Cancer celebrated the grand opening of its new boutique Wednesday night in Lakewood Ranch. When you walk into Brides Against Breast Cancer’s new 3,500-square-foot boutique in Lakewood Ranch, you see many of the things you might at other bridal shops: racks of fluffy white gowns, a smiling staff, a cutely decorated space. A […]

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May 2012

Sarasota Weddings: Downtown Wedding Showcase

The Downtown Wedding Showcase offered brides-to-be lots of inspiration. If you happened to walk down Pineapple Avenue last Thursday night between 6 and 8 p.m., you would have seen a gaggle of women congregating near L. Boutique and L. Spa, champagne flutes in hand, enjoying the first-ever Downtown Wedding Showcase. The brainchild of Nicole Kaney of NK […]

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